The Samsung Galaxy S7 will be officially announced during the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, which starts on February 21. However, as Gizmodo notes, a commercial has (accidentally?) been found online.
“Samsung’s next flagship smartphone has already been given the full leak treatment, but in case there was any doubt left, Samsung Indonesia has an unlisted teaser page and video. I assume this is a dumb leak, and not a desperate PR effort.”
Gizomodo adds that the commercial was probably meant to air on launch date, but that Samsung Indonesia hid the commercial on their site to get it ready. It’s a very effective commercial that shows how the Galaxy S7 can fit the lifestyle of a fitness addict, even in the rain (the Galaxy S7 is waterproof). It looks like the woman in the video is using the Edge version of the Galaxy S7, which looks almost identical to the Galaxy S6 Edge.
The video also shows wireless charging and the camera’s ability to take pictures in low-light conditions. One of the biggest complaints about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 is that the 16MP camera on the S6 has now been reduced to 12MP. However, this is not as big of an issue as people think, especially since the number of megapixels is only a small indicator of the quality of the picture. It’s rumored that Samsung has improved everything else on their new smartphone camera, and that’s saying a lot, especially since the camera on the S6 series was already near perfection.
According to Tech Insider, those who pre-order the Galaxy S7 will be given a very special gift.
“You’ll get a free Gear VR headset if you pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge…The Gear VR is a virtual reality (VR) headset that uses Samsung’s latest flagship devices, including the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and Note 5, to play VR content.”
It is not known yet if Samsung is making an updated Gear VR for just the Samsung Galaxy S7 or if Samsung’s new smartphone will be compatible with the version of the Gear VR that was released in December. Either way, this is an excellent deal and even though the Gear VR has some issues, it has received a generally favorable response. Wearable gave Samsung’s virtual reality headset four stars.
“It’s immersive, sure, and that’s the buzzword but you won’t just be immersed by the images and audio, you’ll feel like you’re really there. If you find yourself at the edge of a rock in ustwo’s Gear VR game Land’s End, you’ll get a bit of vertigo, it’s that powerful. In short, it’s magic.”
However, other reviews note that even thought the Gear VR definitely has the “cool” factor, it still has a screen door effect due to the low resolution (at least for VR) of the smartphone screens used with it. Others say that the device makes them dizzy, especially since there is no motion tracking.
According to SamMobile, Samsung will also announce the Gear 360, a compact spherical camera that takes 360 videos and images using two 180 degree fisheye lenses. It will be able to pair with the Galaxy S7 via Bluetooth. After the 360-degree photos or videos transfer to the Galaxy S7, users can instantly put on their Gear VR headsets and immerse themselves with the photos or videos they just took.
Samsung hasn’t had a lot of luck in the past couple of years, at least when it comes to sales. It looks like the Samsung Galaxy S7 along with the Gear 360 may really turn things around.
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